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Old August 29th, 2011, 05:23 AM
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While I was looking at a few cruises I noticed one ship arrived in port at 7am and left the next day at 5 pm. I was just wondering that while the ship is in port can you come and go all night? Do they have someone standing there all night to let you on and off the ship?Or do they lock the doors and turn off the porch light at a certain time?
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There are some ports where you wouldn't want to be out and about after dark (for safety reasons). While there may be a few bars or casinos that stay open late, most everything else (shops, restaurants, etc.) will be closed up after 9:00 or 10:00. Better and safer to stay on board and enjoy the night life on the ship.
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There are some ports where you wouldn't want to be out and about after dark (for safety reasons). While there may be a few bars or casinos that stay open late, most everything else (shops, restaurants, etc.) will be closed up after 9:00 or 10:00. Better and safer to stay on board and enjoy the night life on the ship.
I couldn't disagree more. Most times a ship chooses to overnight in a port they do so because there's lots of things to do for night life. They design their itineraries quite carefully.

To answer the question, you will be free to come and go as you please for the entire time you're docked. They don't close the doors.
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Of course, there are always exceptions. I'd ask the cruise director if there are any areas in port that should be avoided.
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In most instances you can come and go for the full time the ship is docked. On a Renaissance cruise in Bora Bora they actually kept the tenders running all night long. We went to a local night club and caught the tender back to the ship at 3:00 a.m.

I love overnights in many locations. In Rio we went out for a great dinner and to a great club. We did use taxis and the places were in decent locations. Rio is a place where you need to pay attention to where you go.

The other part that makes overnights great is that it gives you the chance to see much more of the area. We've done overnights in Cairo and Beijing and because of the distance from port and the chance to see much more we arranged our own hotel and tours in both cities.

If you have an overnight port make the most of it.

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The port I was looling at was in Tahiti. To me it seems that they wouldnt pick a port for an overnighter if it was unsafe.That might be a novice way of thinking but we are just a couple of novice at this travel scene.

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The Polynesian Islands are beautiful and I know you will love it. There aren't too many "bad" parts, other than some areas of Papeete, that you have to be too worried about.

The hard part is that it may be hard to find transportation late at night. We actually did car rentals on Tahiti, Moorea and Huahine. We also rented a "car" on Bora Bora. It is a great way to make the most of your time. With some research you can do and see more than you ever would on a ship's tour.

Here is our rental car on Bora Bora.



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In most instances you can come and go for the full time the ship is docked. On a Renaissance cruise in Bora Bora they actually kept the tenders running all night long. We went to a local night club and caught the tender back to the ship at 3:00 a.m.

I love overnights in many locations. In Rio we went out for a great dinner and to a great club. We did use taxis and the places were in decent locations. Rio is a place where you need to pay attention to where you go.

The other part that makes overnights great is that it gives you the chance to see much more of the area. We've done overnights in Cairo and Beijing and because of the distance from port and the chance to see much more we arranged our own hotel and tours in both cities.

If you have an overnight port make the most of it.

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Wow sounds like you have to some pretty cool places. My wife and I havent done much traveling but now that our girls are grown up and moved out we want to do more.We are planning on a 7 day Western in April of 2013 on the Conquest it will be are first cruise with Carnival Are first and only Cruise was a 14 day hawain on the Princces we had a blast on that one We are also thinking about a 28 day round trip cruise from L.A to Hawaii and Tahiti . But that is probaly 5 or so years out. But we will get there sooner or later. I have also noticed a lot of cruises that go to New Zealand must be a popular spot .My wife wants to go to Australlia(sorry about the spelling) So we will have to throw that one in the bucket list also.WEll I have done it again Rambled onand on and on everyone take care
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